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Former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold believes there is one key aspect to the fight game that separates him from UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.


Rockhold will challenge Weidman for the title in December at UFC 194. He has won four in a row since a loss to Vitor Belfort, including three straight submission wins.

“People wanna say this is a close fight. I don’t see it as (a close fight), though,” said Rockhold, during a recent appearance on Submission Radio. “I think Chris is gonna be tough for a round, maybe two. I’m gonna run away with this fight and I’m gonna take the belt home. Another belt coming back to AKA.

“Chris is just too slow, he’s too slow, he’s too slow. That’s all I gotta say. He’s slow, slow, and he’s slow.”

Along with his array of submission skills that caught the likes of Lyoto Machida, Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch, Rockhold (14-2) has also shown power in putting away Costas Philippou and Keith Jardine.

“I’m gonna hit him harder, and I’m gonna challenge him in ways he hasn’t (been challenged before),” Rockhold said. “I’m gonna put on a pace that he hasn’t felt before, and I’m not running from the man. Trust me. I’m gonna be hunting this guy down like I hunt every fighter down. You know, I hunt ‘em and then I bait them in. I hunt them and I bait them in. This is going to be no different, come 12th of December.”

His teammates at AKA, which include Cain Velasquez and UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, have also prepared Rockhold for Weidman’s wrestling power.

“He’s not going to bring anything that I’m not used to. I’m a much higher level in the wrestling,” he said. “I know he’s good on the feet, I know he’s good on the ground, but same thing as with Machida on the ground. I have a different level of speed and athleticism and funk, and he’s not going to keep up with me. If he wants to take it to the ground, he’s not going to be able to keep up.”

ufc fight night 76

After a three-week hiatus, the Octagon returned Saturday with UFC Fight Night 76 from Dublin, Ireland.

While the Irish faithful had plenty to celebrate on the night, the main event did not go their way. Louis Smolka locked up a rear-naked choke on Paddy Holohan and earned a second round submission victory.

The two were thrust into the headline role after injuries scrapped the planned main and co-main events for the card.

Another Irish fighter, Norman Parke, sent Reza Madadi back to the drawing board with a decision victory. Parke was welcoming Madadi back after an extended layoff from competition due to a prison sentence following a robbery in his native country.

Unbeaten fighters Darren Till and Nicolas Dalby fought to a majority draw. Till stated after that he suffered a shoulder injury and was “just taking punches” in the third. After initially booing, the crowd gave the two a standing ovation for their efforts.

It took Neil Seery a couple of times to lock up a guillotine choke on Jon Delos Reyes, but once the Irish fighter secured it, he wasn’t going to let up. Seery, a Dublin native and father of four, earned his third Octagon victory with a second round submission to start the main card.

Stevie Ray concluded the early prelims by claiming a decision over Mickael Lebout using his effective striking to win his 19th career bout.

Aisling Daly wasn’t able to get the finish she desired, but the Irish fighter brought the arena to their feet with a strong performance and win over Ericka Almeida. From her entrance through the third round, the crowd was loud and proud for Daly.

Krzysztof Jotko showed incredible dance skills after pulling out a split decision win over Scott Askham. He did several spins and pounced to his feet in celebration after the scores were read.

Tristar prospect Tom Breese destroyed Cathal Pendred, embracing the villain role against the Irish fighter. Breese moved to 9-0 with the first round stoppage win.

Wrestler Darren Elkins scored his 20th career win and eighth with the UFC by picking up a decision over Robert Whiteford. He is now second in the featherweight division for wins all-time.

Garreth McLellan earned his first Octagon victory to open the show, scoring a third round finish vs. Bubba Bush with just two seconds left in the fight.

Complete results can be found below:

Norman Parke def. Reza Madadi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Darren Till vs. Nicolas Dalby ends in a majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)

Neil Seery def. Jon Delos Reyes via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:12 of Round 2

Stevie Ray def. Mickael Lebout via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Aisling Daly def. Ericka Almeida via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 29-28)

Krzysztof Jotko def. Scott Askham via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Tom Breese def. Cathal Pendred via TKO (strikes) at 4:37 of Round 1

Darren Elkins def. Robert Whiteford via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Garreth McLellan def. Bubba Bush via TKO (strikes) at 4:58 of Round 3

ufc fight night 76

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 76.

Today’s card comes to us from the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland and airs completely on UFC Fight Pass.

The main card has been hit hard by the injury bug in recent weeks, losing both the original main and co-main events. Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy were scheduled to headline, but Duffy was scratched after medical officials declared him unfit to compete.

Ben Rothwell and Stipe Miocic were the planned co-main event, but an injury in training suffered by Miocic scrapped that.

Now, it’s the flyweights who will main event, as Paddy Holohan battles Louis Smolka.

Holohan (12-1-1) has won two in a row and is 3-1 over his Octagon career, scoring recent decisions over Vaughan Lee and Shane Howell. Smolka (9-1) is on a similar two-fightw in streak and is also 3-1 within the Octagon.

The rest of the main card features Norman Parke vs. Reza Madadi, Darren Till vs. Nicholas Dalby and Neil Seery vs. Jon Delos Reyes.

For Madadi, this is his first fight since a 2013 submission win over Michael Johnson due to a prison sentence he received that same year. He served 14 months and was resigned by the UFC shortly after.

All the action begins at 1:15 p.m. ET with a six-bout prelim lineup including Steven Ray vs. Mickael Lebout, Cathal Pendred vs. Tom Breese, Krzysztof Jotko vs. Scott Askham, Aisling Daly vs. Ericka Almeida, Darren Elkins vs. Robert Whiteford and Garreth McLellan vs. Bubba Bush.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results:


Garreth McLellan vs. Bubba Bush

We begin in the middleweight division with Garreth McLellan (12-3) taking on Bubba Bush (8-3).

Round 1: Good grinding affair here in the early stages, as McLellan is searching for a possible front-choke. That allows Bush to score with a takedown and gain control on the ground. McLellan, though, still holding the head and controlling the neck, but Bush has passed to side control with two minutes left in the round. North-south position for Bush, but he moves to side control once more. Strong finish to the round for Bush is lost as McLellan gets up and slaps on a tight guillotine. Bush slips out, but McLellan earned a lot of momentum there at the end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bush

Round 2: McLellan starts off the round with a strong kick, but Bush rushes forward and puts him down with a takedown. McLellan immediately to his feet and they tie up. Huge hip-toss takedown for McLellan scores and he has Bush flattened out. Good, quick shots are landing by McLellan, as he is now in side control and pounding away with rights to the face.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McLellan

Round 3: Huge uppercut from McLellan seconds into the round, as he roared and stormed. McLellan locks the hands and scores with a double-leg takedown against the fence, as Bush appears exhausted. With five rear-naked chokes to his credit, McLellan slips to the back, but he’s unable to secure the submission for now. Bush tries for a takedown and gets it, taking the back himself as we go under three minutes. Another suffocating round by McLellan, as he postures up and hammers down with more shots. McLellan goes for the finish in the final seconds and gets it, as the ref steps in to call a stop to the action.

Garreth McLellan def. Bubba Bush via TKO (strikes) at 4:58 of Round 3

Darren Elkins vs. Robert Whiteford

We’ll move down to the featherweight ranks next, as veteran Darren Elkins (18-5) goes one-on-one against Robert Whiteford (12-2).

Round 1: Elkins went and trained with Team Alpha Male ahead of this fight. Whiteford just misses with a huge right hand and Elkins goes to the body. Huge cut has opened up over the left eye and in the forehead of Elkins, as Whiteford wobbles him for a brief second. Elkins is throwing bombs but they are nowhere near landing. He switches to his wrestling and scores with a takedown. Elkins tries to better his position and that allows Whiteford to get up and out with under a minute left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Elkins

Round 2: Whiteford sprawls and avoids the takedown attempt the first time, but he can’t do it again and Elkins scores. Elkins now looking to take the back and secure his hooks in, slipping the body triangle on. Whiteford slides, but eats plenty of shots to the face for his decision. For a brief moment, Whiteford was almost able to lock up a choke, but he loses position and takes more punishment. With 90 seconds left, the Scot gets to his feet, reversing and holding Elkins against the fence. Judo throw by Whiteford is answered by another Elkins takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Elkins

Round 3: Whiteford measures and just misses with a right. He might need to land the KO-punch to win this one after two rounds. Elkins stops any thought of that, connecting with another easy takedown. Good defense by Whiteford allows him to scramble to his feet. Elkins showing his power, sending Whiteford stumbling back with left-right-left combo.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Elkins

Darren Elkins def. Robert Whiteford via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jon Jones

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been reinstated by the UFC, the promotion announced Friday.

Jones was suspended following a hit-and-run incident earlier this year in New Mexico. Officials stripped him of the title after the ordeal, and Daniel Cormier became the new champion with a win over Anthony Johnson.

Following a review of the plea agreement reached by Jon Jones and officials in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the judge’s decision, UFC announced today the formal reinstatement of Jones to the UFC roster. Effectively immediately, Jones is eligible to return to competition. As such, UFC expects Jones to meet all of the terms of his plea agreement, including mandatory community service, as a condition of his reinstatement.

UFC is currently discussing with Jones a potential date for his return to the Octagon.

“We’ve made it clear to Jon that this new opportunity to compete in UFC is a privilege and not a right, and that there are significant expectations we have regarding his conduct moving forward,” said UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. “We’re happy to read and see reports that he has embraced the terms of his plea agreement and is using this experience to grow and develop as a person.”

“I am thankful to be able to do what I love once again and I look forward to proving myself as a champion in and outside of the Octagon,” Jones said.

Jones (21-1) reached a plea agreement recently, clearing his way to be allowed to fight again. He was given 18 months probation and required to make 72 community appearances.

No date for a return to the Octagon was announced in the release, or who Jones might fight.

ufc fight night 76

The Octagon returns after a brief hiatus with UFC Fight Night 76 this Saturday afternoon.

The entire event streams live on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 1 p.m. ET from Dublin, Ireland and the 3Arena.

Featuring a main event between Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy, the rest of the four-bout main card includes Paddy Holohan-Louis Smolka, Norman Parke-Reza Madadi and Darren Till-Nicholas Dalby.

A planned heavyweight title-eliminator between Ben Rothwell and Stipe Miocic was cancelled last week after Miocic suffered an injury. No replacement was found for Rothwell, who was removed from fighting.

On the prelims will be the likes of Steven Ray, Cathal Pendred, Neil Serry and Aisling Daly, as a distinct Irish-flavor is abound.

FightLine will have complete coverage, including play-by-play and post-fight news and information, the day of the card.

Below is the complete lineup, along with a video preview:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/4 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Joseph Duffy

Flyweight: Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka

Lightweight: Norman Parke vs. Reza Madadi

Welterweight: Darren Till vs. Nicholas Dalby


Lightweight: Steven Ray vs. Mickeal Lebout

Welterweight: Cathal Pendred vs. Tom Breese

Flyweight: Neil Seery vs. Jon Delos Reyes

Middleweight: Krzysztof Jotko vs. Scott Askham

Female Strawweight: Aisling Daly vs. Ericka Almeida

Featherweight: Darren Elkins vs. Robert Whiteford

Middleweight: Garreth McLellan vs. Bubba Bush

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